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>> tensions increase between north and south korea after the north opened fire across the border at some loud speakers hello, i'm jane dutton in thailand asks interpol for help tracking down a suspect behind an attack at a bangkok shrine burundi's president to be inaugurated for a third term. >> plus... >> i'm in edinburgh where a
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festival has taken over the city and every available inch of space has become a stage we are getting reports that north and south korea have exchanged fire, coming at a time of elevated cross-border tension after a land mine attack this month. it's all blamed on pyongyang. let's talk to harry fawcett, live in the south korean capital seoul. what happened, harry? >> well, the ministry of national defense in south korea says that this all started just over two hours ago at 3:52 local time, when it detected a projectile, presume to be a rocket fired from the northern side of the border, presumably at a loud speaker, which was started, transmitting anti-pyongyang messages. no speaker was damaged in the attack. the south korean side did
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respond with dozens, they say, 155mm artillery shells back at the point of the projectiles launched. and this follows a message a couple of days ago from the south korean military chief, telling his forces on the border that they should not hesitate and respond resolutely and powerfully. the background to all of this happened on august the 4th, when a landmine blast on the demarcation line in the middle of a demilitarized zone, the border went off, naming two south korean soldiers, losing their legs in the process. one lost both their legs, one lost one leg. in response, the anti-propaganda broadcast from the giant speakers, that was the first step in the retaliation.
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the north koreans responded in kind. and also tried to below up areas of south korea, and this appears to be an attempt to do that. >> i heard residents living in the area, south korea, have been moved away. for them, and for both countries, how worrying a development is this? certainly it will worry the people that live there. they are used to the threats and prove stations. hundreds are told to leave their homes. there was a similar incident in october last year when north korea tried to use anti-aircraft machine-guns to shoot down balloons launched by north korean activists. this idea of propaganda is something sensitive. in that instance south korea fired rounds across the border. things died down after that.
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the hope is for...'s too early to make an evaluation. the exchanges rely on both sides keeping their heads, making the right sort of decisions make sure they don't escalate. the south korean president park geun-hye, her council meeting got under way, and hopefully we'll hear what went on there and if there's further retaliation from the north korean side thailand called on interpol to help it find the main suspect in the bangkok bombing. 20 people died in the attack on the shrine in the center. scott heidler has the latest. >> national police confirmed that they have reached out to interpol for assistance in
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tracking down the key suspect in the bombing, the deadly bombing on monday. they have given them information about the suspect, and have not heard from interpol, but are looking for that assistance in tracking down one individual. there are two people that they are looking for, questioned. they were revealed in the closed-circuit television camera footage from the blast site on monday. they haven't said that they are suspects, but they are interested in speaking with them. we know, coming out over the last several hours on thursday, and on wednesday, that the administration here in thailand, as well as the police, do not believe that the attack has any direction with an international organization. there's no evidence to prove that. we are at the early stages of the increase, but at this stage there's no connection between what happened in thailand and international terror groups, but they believe there was a network
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behind the attack, and are seeking out other individuals and others who might be involved an egyptian group which says it is aligned with the islamic state of iraq and levant is claiming responsibility for a car bomb attack on a state security building in cairo. egypt's interior ministry said 27 police men were injured in the explosion. we have more. >> reporter: the blast came in the middle of the night in a small suburb in cairo, an explosion so powerful witnesses said it was heard and felt beyond the district where it was planted. >> translation: we were wait ght at the traffic lights, cars around us from all directions. as it changed, the explosion happened. all i saw was the flames. and the noise and things flying off the cars. we had people in the car, this is the car, as you can see. >> reporter: a group going by the name of sinai province,
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which aligned itself with i.s.i.l., the islamic state of iraq and levant, is reportedly claiming responsibility. most recently it was behind a car bomb attack in july. targetting the italian consulate in cairo, which killed a passerby. a week ago it had abducted and beheaded an engineer from croatia. sinai province is prominent among a number of groups. all cited anger at the stroke-armed tactics used by egypt's police and army, and the crackdown on dissent following the removal of former president mursi more than two years ago. egypt's resolution began with protest. the latest bomb attack coming days after president abdul fatah al-sisi ratified a law further expanding police powers in burundi, the inauguration
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ceremony for the president is under way. the ceremony follows a land slide victory in an election marred by violence, and an opposition boycott who said the bid violated the constitution. katherine sawyer reported from out of the area. talk us through what you believe is happening there, and the response to this. >> really absolutely. the ceremony is under way. it started not too long ago. about 10 minutes ago. when i called recollects they were in a session of prayers. people who were there, talking to said that the president is going to be worn in by the president of the constitutional court. it's a ceremony witnessed by members of the constitutional court, parliament and senate, and diplomats there as well. but important to know that this comes as a surprise. it's a ceremony that was
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expected to happen next week. we knew it was going to happen ahead, before the presidential limit, time limit expires on the 26th. normally what happens is that this date, the swearing in date is given well in advance. it is announced early, it is vetted as well. this has not happened. and we are told it's because of a security situation in the country, it's tense. people are afraid. there has been a string of as sass nations and attempted assassinations -- assassination and attempted assassinations. a close confidante to the president. former head of the intelligence service was killed on 2 august. another poignant human rights campaigner who has been against the president's beat, was shot
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in injured. there has been other assassination attempts and in between there has been a string of grenade attacks. people are afraid. there's a lot of tension in the country. an activist i spoke to in burundi described it as a social crisis, and taking you back to the swearing in, the president today will swear to uphold the constitution, and to remain loyal to the people of burundi. but a lot of critics will tell you that he already went against the constitution, that he's swearing to protect when he decided to run for a third time. >> thank you for that, catherine wambua-soi a policeman in tunisia has been shot dead outside the coastal resort. two men on a motorcycle fired shots at three police men. one died on the way to hospital. the other two were unharmed.
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in june, 38 were killed when a gunman opened fire on a beach. >> south sudan's president reassured that he would sign a peace deal. he had refused a deal psyching more times, and arrived a security council to impose an arms embargo. it wants the sanctions to come into affect in september, if he fails to agree to a truce. for one tribe in kenya, it's been their moment for centuries, now the armed group that claims to be at war with kenya, al-shabab. we have this report from the bonny national reserve on how fighting is greeting rival communities. >> reporter: nestled between the
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ocean and the border with somali. this is bonny forest. it's a hideout for al-shabab fighters. the presence had devastating consequences for a poor community, the bonny tribesman. >> translation: the forest is our mother. for generations we depended on it for food and medicines, there's a reason we share a name with the forest. we can't live without it. >> there's no road, running water and shocks. the ranks have dwindled, and the tribe is on the verge of extincti extinction. for centuries, they have preserved their way of life. there is honey and all that is now threatened by the presence of al-shabab militias in the
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forest. and the kenya's forces fighting them. this man does not remember the last time he went to the forest. he's forced to set up beehives in the village. >> translation: i'd say for my security, not to go to the for e. the military beat up everyone. they find the forest. they are hosting a number of people displace the from neighbouring settlements affected by the fighting. this is one of them. >> there was fierce fighting between al-shabab and the army, in the middle of our village. there was a heavy exchange of gun fire. some of the houses were burnt down. >> to bring the government attention to the numerous problems, representatives of the community brought their case to the county government.
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the elected leader sent a passionate plea on their behalf. we need security and title deeds for our land. the first ever land titles held by anyone from the community, he says. still ahead - refugee crisis in northern europe. britain and france announce a joint plan. plus, three firefighters are killed in the u.s. as fires continue to burn in several western
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hello again. south korea headlines defence ministry said that there was fire with north korea. north korea fired shots towards a loud speaker on the south korean side of the bored ir thailand called on interpol to help it find the main suspect in the bangkok bombing, believed to be a foreigner. 20 people died in an attack on a shrine in the city center. >> in burundi, president's pierre nkurunziza is being sworn in, following a landslide victory marred by violence and an opposition boycott. >> israel's supreme court suspended a detention order. mohammed had not eaten for 65 days and is unconscious. his doctors say he has suffered brain damage. he was protesting his yinment --
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imprison. without charge or sentence. >> reporter: this mother opposes the locking up of her son. this man has become the fate of resistance against prolonged captivity. this man has detear writed because he's been on hunger strike. on friday, he lost consciousness and placed on a respirator. >> translation: according to the report, his condition is dangerous now. the report shows brain damage. we hope his health is good and high can recover. >> israel claims a link, but his lawyer said he's been detained
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without charge since november. under israeli detention, palestinians can be imprisoned without charge for long periods of time. israel announced a law of forced feeding of prisoners that refuse to eat. in this case, a doctor was not willing to conduct the medical test to force-feed him. prolonged detentions are incompatible with human right standards. >> 30 july, the knesset amended the prisons act to allow drugs to order force-feeding of a prisoner. if recommended by a doctor. they assist that he's established a careful legal mechanism to limit the enforcement to instances where a threat to life exists. numerous human rights and medical bodies question the force-feeding. safety, ithics and human rights.
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>> hundreds remain under administrative detention. it's important for anyone suspected of causing trouble. palestinians say another 24 will take hunger sites. they are held without charge by what they call an occupying force. >> reporter: the south african government blocked the release of oscar pistorius from prison, he was convicted of culpable homicide after killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. the justice ministry says the distinction to move him was premature, and his case will be renew renew renewed france and britain will look at the calais crisis. british police will travel to the calais to discuss the progress. both countries are promising to
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share policing and intelligence gathering in greece, a ferry carrying thousands of syrian refugees from various islands in arrived in a port near athens. it had been scheduled to sale to the northern port city. it was diverted then to the greek capital. authorities decided the city could not cope with that many refugees at the one time. >> there has been protests on the greek island of cos, with hundreds urging the got to do hor to help them. riot police disperse them. by shooting tear gas into the crowd. lently they've been on the greek island where many refugees have arrived. >> there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people arriving in the greek island. the international rescue committee has worked on the island in july. when they were there now, there
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was about 1,000 people a day. it was the last number i heard reported. conditions are rather poor. the main transit camp, the international rescue committee is working to bring it to international standards. it's not where it means to be for the number of people arriving. we need to find a solution to allow people to continue their journeys, allowing people to come on the journey. we find that that will prevent people taking a dangerous journey in the first place. to address the conflicts. where the refugees are coming from. they'll take in 200 refugees from tens of thousands. slovakians says it will only take in christians, more than
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2 million fled the country since 2011 greece received the first 13 billion from the latest bailout. funds were proved after the german bailout in favour of the european package. arriving on the day that a 3.2 billion payment was made. the rest of the money will be used to pay government debts to suppliers any person born or u.s. soil is a u.s. citizen, it's a right guaranteed. advocates say grown number of u.s. children are denied birth certificates because they are undocumented immigrants. we have the scory. >> reporter: an american flag flies outside the texan hospital. where the baby was born to an undocumented mother. the mother ask said us not to use the family's last name or show their faces.
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she was a warrior from birth, she says of her 1-year-old. she spent 20 days in intensive care, fought tour her life now, and i'm fighting for her now. fighting for a birth certificate to show proof. after being brought to the u.s. as a child. she had two older chin that had no problem getting birth certificates. at the time. they were good enough. when she returned to the vital is it theistic office, the same documents didn't work. the state of texas is making it impossible for most undocumented parents to get a birth certificate for requiring documents they can't get, like a driver's licence, which was refused to issue, or a foreign passport with a valid visa.
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they represent 32 children in 28 immigrant parents against the state of texas. >> what are the kids going to do. they have no birth is it theistic. >> texas arrived a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit. arguing a state can't be sued. the imgralent's lawsuit -- immigrant's lawsuit asked another way to prove identity, like accepting a passport. whether you had a visa on the passport or not is irrelevant for the purpose of the passport. >> the court is considering whether to dismiss a case or allow it to move forward. >> she should have the same rights as a child born to american parents. and since she's too young to fight for herself, i will fight for her. >> meanwhile, as the first day of school approaches, her daughter may be denied enrolment
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in preschool, and the mother's desperation will grow in the united states, wild fires raging across the west have killed three firefighters. they were working to contain a fire threatening a found in washington state. four others were injured. the vehicle was overcome by flames. fast-moving blazes scorched 400,000 hectares. they've prompted the evacuation of towns in washington, all the way toll california. >> the military has been mobilized to manage the fires. some soldiers have been flown into areas accessible by foot. 20,000 firefighters were involved across the region. >> basically we come out here to help the locals. keep them from their buildings
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or houses catching on fire, and just try to make sure to keep the fire under control as much as we can violence broke out between protesters and police in the indonesian capital after failed talks to relocate people. residents in east jakarta say they are not getting enough compensation. the government is trying to move 64 families from the area, which is often flooded during the monsoon season the largest annual arts festival in the world is taking place in edinburgh. performers from 39 countries converged on the scottish capital, with 300,000 shows scheduled. charlie angelo is at the heart of the creative action. >> reporter: edinburgh is engulfed with performers, using every nook and cranny of the citizen, and every stunt. there's no rules or artistic limits. the festival is open to anyone with a story to tell.
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that makes it a unique environment. >> good morning, thank you for holding. >> markus has already made it big as a comedian on tv, but he keeps coming back. >> damn, how are you? >> it attracts everyone, huge-name comics and brand new people waiting to be discovered. >> reporter: he started out playing to empty seats, but now sells hundreds of tickets a night. >> i was discovered here. i won tv and radio producers, and importantly, edinburgh is where i get good at what i do. you have to push yourself. >> here in edinburgh the competition is brutal. over 3,000 shows trying to attract the same audience, it's about how many flyers they can get out, or how many posters they can stick up around the
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city. >> amy is making her stand up debut at the festival in a tiny venue with a lukewarm crowd. >> my catch phrase if you have not lived until you find yourself in a field that is on fire. [ laughs ] >> which is inappropriate. >> reporter: he has to be in edinburgh to get noticed, but will come away out of pocketent. >> i will lose a few grand but have a good edinburgh. crazy. everywhere makes money, apart in the artist. >> reporter: money is not the maybe objective, artists are here to hone a craft and hopefully find an agent. >> people that perform here will end up touring internationally, on television or in films made by a hollywood producer. >> reporter: the next big thing could be found on a laundrette, bus or elsewhere.
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artists know performing here may break the bank, but not their spirit in one of the greatest shows on earth, the edinburgh festival. this bull ten is over, but you can log on to the website have a good night. almost half of the 116 prisoners remaining at guantanamo bay naval base have been cleared for transfer. many of them have been languishing for years because the u.s. cannes convince other countries to take them. one prisoner on a huger strike says he's near death. another detainee asked a federal court if your own president says war in afghanistan is over, why can't i get out of here. the obama administration wanted to close the place for years,